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"Life Is Strange." Image: Dontnod Entertainment

Dontnod, the developer behind "Life Is Strange" and "Tell Me Why," will allow employees in its Paris and Montreal studios to decide if they'd like to work from the office or their homes.

Why it matters: Embracing remote work reduces industry gatekeeping and grants workers more control over their careers.

  • The shift to remote work for most companies was due to the pandemic, which closed offices worldwide. However, companies are beginning to adapt how they approach offices moving forward.
  • Dontnod said that the pandemic simply accelerated these plans, however, noting that "the well-being of our employees is and has always been paramount, and [remote work] empowers all team members to work in the best possible conditions for them, according to their lifestyles and ways of working."
  • "We know that everyone has different needs and different ways of functioning, and that is why we wanted to create a program that would give everyone the freedom to choose how they want to organize their day-to-day lives," said CEO Oskar Guilbert in a prepared statement.

The big picture: The way developers are working is changing.

  • "Colleagues are now able to live and work from anywhere in France with the Paris office, or anywhere in Quebec with the Montreal office, with the same conditions and benefits as any employee," said Dontnod.
  • Companies like Ubisoft have also revised their policies; the developer announced its shift to a "hybrid" model of office and remote work in June.

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Updated Dec 19, 2021 - Economy & Business

Companies give up on return-to-work

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

In the 22 months since U.S. companies sent their workers home, they've collected droves of poll data, paid workplace consultants billions of dollars, and drafted plan after plan — but they still don't know much more about post-pandemic work than they did in March 2020.

Driving the news: The latest factor to foil every return-to-work plan is the arrival of the Omicron COVID variant.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.

The hard math behind America's labor shortage

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, the pandemic has created unusual temporary labor market dynamics. But in the bigger picture, the 2010s were a golden age for companies seeking cheap labor. The 2020s are not.

The big picture: In the 2010s, the massive millennial generation was entering the workforce, the massive baby bo0m generation was still hard at work, and there was a multi-year hangover from the deep recession caused by the global financial crisis.